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Do I Need Contraception in Menopause?

In your younger years, missing a period could mean pregnancy; from your mid-40s onwards, it’s more likely to mean the start of menopause.

If you have a contraceptive implant or take a pill that means you don’t have monthly periods, it may not always be easy to tell if you’re in menopause, as irregular periods or a lighter or heavier flow is often one of the first symptoms women experience. However, you might start to notice other symptoms, such as thinning hair, less elasticity in your skin, mood swings and hot flushes.

Many women want to continue using contraception into their 40s, usually because they don’t want more children, want to avoid the potential complications that can be associated with a pregnancy at this stage in life, or are using oestrogen-based pills to keep their hormonal balance at a comfortable level.

But is this still necessary in menopause?

Should I Use Contraception in Menopause

It’s vital to use condoms at every stage of life for protection against STIs, but when it comes to preventing pregnancy, the advice is a little different.

The NHS recommends that women continue to take contraception to prevent pregnancy until the age of 55, as it’s very rare for a woman to conceive after this age.

But even when your periods are irregular, you can still ovulate (produce an egg), which could be fertilised, so it’s important to continue to use contraception if you want to avoid falling pregnant.

It’s also recommended that you carry on using contraception until two years after the date of your last period, if you want to be extra careful.

Remember though, you still need to take precautions against STIs, even in post-menopause and beyond.

What if I Take the Pill for Hormonal Balance?

Some women are reluctant to come off the pill even in their 40s and 50s, as it provides them with a level of oestrogen, progesterone or both that leaves them with a hormonal balance they are comfortable with.

Coming off the pill around the time of menopause when oestrogen levels are naturally declining anyway could send your hormones even more haywire than normal, potentially making menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings even more difficult to deal with.

There are natural ways to try to rebalance your hormones, however. Most menopause supplements contain natural ingredients that are designed to mimic the effects of your own oestrogen, helping you to find balance in your hormonal activity once again and get a better hold on your symptoms.

At Menopause Supplements, we stock Femarelle® supplements, which contain DT56a, a soy derivative that can play a very similar role to natural oestrogen in your body, allowing you to continue feeling like the best version of yourself.

What if Sex is the Last Thing on My Mind?

Vaginal dryness and a loss of libido can be common menopause symptoms, affecting your comfort and confidence, making sex the last thing you feel like.

Menopause supplements can also help with these symptoms by rebalancing your hormonal activity, as they can both be caused by a drop in your oestrogen levels. Vaginal dryness typically affects more women in post-menopause, and Femarelle® Unstoppable is designed to support you through this stage.

Shop the Femarelle® range here.

Sources:

https://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk/menopause/contraception-menopause-perimenopause

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/menopause-contraceptive-pill/

https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/reminders-and-resources/contraception-you-need-it-longer-than-you-may-think